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Guillermo
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3 stars Both this single edit and the single edit for "America" were included in the "Yesyears" Box Set in 1991 among the "rare" tracks which were released in that Box Set that were not previously released on CD. In comparison to the single edit of "America", the single edit for "Soon" was done better, taking it from the song "The Gates of Delirium", and in fact being the last section of that whole piece of music, and it sounds well in this single edit version. It starts with a brief fade-in at the beginning of Steve Howe`s initial pedal steel guitar solo, and the song goes without any interruption or edit until it slowly fades out just when Steve Howe`s last pedal steel guitar solo starts. "America", in comparison, was really edited not in a similar way, leaving the song in a not very good single edit version. "Soon" is a very good section from "The Gates of Delirium", very well played, recorded and mixed, sounding very well as the final "peace" part in a big song with lyrics about war and peace. It ends the musical piece with a sense of hope about a new beginning after the end of war. As a whole, "The Gates of Delirium" is a great song from YES, one of my favourites from the band. And in fact the "Relayer" album as a whole (from which "Soon" and the B-side of this single were taken) is still one of my favourite albums from the band.

In the B-sice, the single edit for "Sound Chaser" was also done well, but it is more focused in the final instrumental parts of the song, with the guitar solos by Howe and the synth solos by Patrick Moraz. It works very well as contrast to "Soon", being a heavy piece of music.

Both single edits in this single were included as bonus tracks in the expanded and remastered version of the "Relayer" album which was released by Elektra / Rhino in 2003.

Guillermo | 3/5 |

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